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has signed an executive order giving returning members of congress a 1% raise. >>> and the senate did put in some extra work hours last night but there was some glumbling. one senator said quote this is definitely not a kunbaya moment. >>> now for a look at your new year's eve weather let's turn to bill karins. happy new year's eve morning. >> big day, right? >> it is. going to be a cold one. >> maybe not for i but for everyone it's a cold. a little bit of snow to talk about. no big blockbuster snowstorms. the cold air is the story. easily be the coldest week of the winter season. areas in white winter weather advisories from new mexico, north texas, panhandle of oklahoma across kansas, missouri, southern indiana and illinois this is where light snow is heading your way. winter weather advisory means slippery travel but not a blockbuster event and cancel your events. travel with care especially northern, the panhandle of oklahoma, up through kansas this morning the snow is breaking out shown here in white. we'll be watching missouri. traveling interstate 70 during the morning hours.
or second of last day of this congress, the senate has sent us a naming. although my committee has stopped doing naming, accept in the case of medal of honor recipients, this one is coming over and i believe it is meritorious and the senate has asked us to pass it and i will do so today. . it would designate a facility of the united states postal service located at 6 nicholls street at westminster, massachusetts, as lieutenant ryan patrick jones post office building. lieutenant jones earned his engineering degree at worcester polytech nique institute. when he earned his degree he also was an awarded an rotc scholarship in the reserve officer training corps. he led his fellow soldiers as a platoon leader in the army's first infantry division while employed in iraq in --deployed in iraq in 2007. i guess as a member of the big red one i would note i also served with that unit many years ago. tragically on may 2, 2007, lieutenant jones was killed in action by an improvised explosive device set by our enemy. he leaves behind his parents of westminster, massachusetts. he was awarded several awar
the congress and white house hammered out a deal. the house of representatives passed a senate bill that protects 99% of americans from an income tax hike. >> a central premise of my campaign was to change the tax code. that was too skewed toward the wealthy at the expense of working middle class americans. tonight we done have that >> president obama is right now as we speaking flying back to hawaii. he's resuming the family vacation he cut short in order to deal with that fiscal cliff. here are some of the details of the fiscal cliff deal that was passed last night. a perm extension of previous tax cut for all taxpayers expect for individuals that make $400,000 a year or couples that make more than $450,000. the bill continues unemployment benefits for long-term jobless. and postpones a decision on controversial spending cuts for two months. even though congress acted to avert income tax hikes on most americans, your paycheck will still shrink in 2013. ktvu janine de la vega is in san jose right now to explain about the end of the payroll tax holiday. what does that mean? >> repor
say? >> first of all, as you know, from congress to the senate and people in his or her state -- this pledge is protecting american people through tax increases. we haven't had a republican republican vote for a tax increase in 22 years. that has really slowed down the growth of government from what it would've been otherwise. no obama comes in and wants to spend more and raise taxes. republicans are saying no. we would have a problem if obama hadn't increased the budget by a trillion dollars more a year. gerri: let's face it, whether you're talking about stimulus spending, obamacare, that's3 going to go through the roof, the things that you're going to pay for all this with higher taxes is lunacy, to say the least. on that note, we're going to have to leave it there. thank you for coming, grover. we hope to see you in the new year. christmas sales were weaker than expected. so now retailers have to give shoppers deeper discounts. in a new proposal to help stggli homeowners. don't worry, the government will take care of you. we will explain coming up next gerri: retailers are
at noon on thursday, the 113th congress is sworn in. that's a new congress, new senate, new house of representatives. they have to start from scratch. the legislation that passed in the middle of the night last night, that's going to have to be passed once again in the senate if they don't get this done before thursday at noon. remember, tomorrow's a regular day on wall street. markets are opening tonight on the east coast of the united states, the asian markets will be opening. people will be watching closely to see if there's stability, if there's continuity, a disrupt tur, and the great fearing of course the house of representatives doesn't follow the senate's lead and passes legislation that the president will immediately sign into law. there could be a breakdown in all of that. taxes will go up on everyone, spending cuts imposed, sequestration, mandatory defense, domestic spending cuts will go into feick and that could be a major dislocation on the world markets. >> let's talk about that. you know the formal term s sequestration but it's about the massive cuts $110 billion of
is going to come back from washington where not much has changed. as far as congress is concerned the senate will be meeting today. interesting little tidbit this is the first time since 19170 there have been legislative business conducted in the weeks of between christmas and new years. we will see some activity on hap t capitol hill. there may be a stopgap measure to try to prevent the calamity that happens at the end of the year if we reach the fiscal cliff. if we do not have some kind of a compromise. here's what's going to happen. just about everybody is going to have a tax increase. the number goes up significantly with incomes. if you are talking 200 to 500,000 in income almost 14,000 dollars in tax hikes. the wealthiest americans people that make a million dollars or more will pay an average of 216,000 dollars in additional tax that is money that would otherwise be spent to help boost the economy or invest it. this is a real concern for economists. the other wrench that was thrown in treasury secretary tim geithner says we are going to be up against the nation's debt ceili
would see a tax increase of more than $3,400. as congress convened, even the senate chaplain praying to avoid what the president first called "self-inflicted wounds." let's bring in jon karl. he's been at his post every step of the way. the source has told you the vice president has been called in on this. >> reporter: that's right. i'm told the vice president is now playing a direct role in these negotiations, trying to get to a deal, a last-minute deal, a key player in the final hours. president obama set off the high-stakes weekend scramble friday night, imploring congressional leaders to take action immediately. >> the american people are not going to have any patience for a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. >> reporter: with that harry reid and mitch mcconnell launched a last-ditch effort to craft a bipartisan plan to that would at the very least, protect most people from a big tax hike going into effect on new year's day. the senators and their staffs negotiated all day saturday. saturday night republican leader mcconnell made his offer. by this morning, a clear
. brian schatz becomes the senior senator with the new congress being formed on january the third. on the independent line -- jack on the independent line. caller: good morning. i bet a co-worker that we are going over the fiscal cliff. it is more of a slope than a cliff. it would be a year of complete in activity before we would see the real bite of everything, all of the doom that is being forecasted. i am reminded of erskine bowles and alan simpson. about three weeks ago or four weeks ago, they met with the president and members of congress and discuss their feelings afterwards with the press. erskine bowles said he felt there was a third of a chance that there would be a deal and a third of a chance no deal and a third there would be no deal until after we went past the january 1 deadline. i bet my co-worker the $5 that we were going over because i am thinking if you cannot get a deal for to the house on $1 million and above, to the tax policy center released a report about that about three weeks ago. they said this was something that the president could perhaps give the repub
of indiana talks about his 30 years in congress. followed by senator kent conrad on his 26-year career. and a discussion on corporations and stock values. dan burton is retiring from the house this year after 30 years in office. the 15-term congressman represents the fifth district in east central indiana which includes parts of indianapolis and the surrounding suburbs. earlier he talked with c-span about his past investigations of the collective demonstration and the oversight ruled congress. this is 30 minutes. as you exit the institution how would you say it stated? >> it has changed a great deal. it is not the same as when i came 1983. there seemed to be more comedy. tip o'neill was speaker. i will never forget he was the first time he was on the floor raising cane with democrats. he had someone take his place and he came down and started giving me the dickens. after that we became very good friends and played golf together. michael was a wonderful leader. there was a spirit of camaraderie even though we had differences politically then that we do not have now. now it is much more
should go over the fiscal cliff. congress and the senate should go back to the last legally passed budget and whatever money was appropriated, that is what we should appropriate for spending. if i didn't do my job for four years, i would have been fired. why are they able to keep getting paid? there should be something in the law that would say their benefits would stop. they should have their own pension fund. if their pension was the same as a people that work for, social security will not be going bankrupt. host: we will continue to track the work of congress. house and senate come back into session tomorrow. there could be sessions this weekend. the new congress comes in next week. we will have plenty of coverage as the new congress comes into session. we're still hearing about the change in filibuster rules in the senate. we will be there to cover it all. the house is here on c-span. we will be interviewing some retiring members of congress tonight. they are dan burton and kent conrad. here is what they had to say. [video clip] >> i would like people to think that he believed in hone
, the democratic senator from iowa saying this deal doesn't look good to him. if a deal is reached in congress, the president still has to sign it. president obama set his terms and challenged the house and senate to get it it done. brianna keilar joins me now. is the president just sitting in the oval office waiting for a bill to get delivered to him? where's he in all of this? >> reporter: vice president biden is very much the president's proxy in all of this. it's easy to understand why. both the president and vice president served in the senate, but biden served in the senate for decades with all of the players that he now has to engage with. he knows the personalities. he knows the rhythms of the senate and of congress better than president obama, you could argue. it makes sense that he's serving as the president's proxy. this is something the president is engaged with. this is something the white house is very engaged with. he said yesterday he's optimistic that a deal can be struck. i think that's not surprising. that's what you'd expect to come from president obama. but we're also -- w
weeks, every month, they will know who the problem child is and it is not the senate. it is not congress. it is the lack of true leadership of the president's. gerri: gerri: yes, you said that earlier. rich edson, we have been waiting for this all day long. we had cameras at the white house watching people exit. do you think this comes as a disappointment to most people? the resolution of today and of that meeting? were leaving something good can come from a? >> i think after you hear from leadership and the president, when you got the first reports, the administration officials have basically put on the table what he had been reiterating last week in his speech. what was basically what he had put on throughout the entire campaign. just deal down version. it didn't look all that good. but asou now have this assignment for the senate leaders to get together and hamm something out, on a scale that we have been talking about right now, this is the only shot we have to avoid the fiscal cliff. the fact that they are giving it another shot over the next 48 hours, it is probably as good of a re
the senate rules themselves when the new congress convenes next month, they want to stop filibuster abuse by actually making senators talk on the senate floor when they want to filibuster. now, that didn't sit well with republican minority leader mitch mcconnell. >> what the majority leader is saying is he will break the rules of the senate in order to change the rules of the senate. i implore members on both sides to oppose this naked power grap grab strenuously and loudly. >> democrats can change the filibuster rules to prevent abuse of power when the new congress is sworn in. 48 democratic senators are on board with the rule change. but why is it so hard for democrats to summon these last few remaining votes? let's ask the man himself, the man leading the charge, oregon senator jeff americaly. thanks for being here. >> thank you. it's great to be here. >> you've got this plan, you've got a lot of senators on board. what exactly would your plan do and why would it deal with this gridlock? >> well, there's a package of changes. the first is to get rid of the filibuster to proceed. a fili
-abiding americans. and senator wyden has an amendment that relates to closing that loophole. congress never intended for the intelligence community to have a huge database to sift through without first getting a regular probable cause warrant, but because we don't have the details of exactly how this proceeds and we can't debate this in a public forum those details, then we are stuck with wrestling with the fact that we need to have the sorts of protections and efforts to close loopholes that senator wyden has put forward. what we do know is this past summer, the director of national intelligence said -- and he said this in a public forum -- that on at least one occasion, the fisa court has ruled that a data collection carried out by the government did violate the fourth amendment. we also know the fisa court has ruled the government has circumvented the spirit of the law as well as the letter of the law. but too much else of what we should know about this law remains secret. in fact, we have extremely few details about the courts have interpreted the statute that have been declassified and released
the democratic controlled senate to lead our economy to the edge of the fiscal cliff. congress people from both parties are searching for a bipartisan solution. that is the leadership that america needs, not what we saw from the president this morning ." those of the comments from speaker boehner. the house has gaveled out. we expect them back in about two hours. let's go to newbury port. caller: thank you for c-span. i do not understand where this $250,000 number comes from. i am 70 and have never been asked to make a sacrifice by any congress. it just seems to me that if the average income in most states -- to ask people making $125,000 or more, to ask them to contribute more, that seems to be a no- brainer. i do not see why people in this country are not ready to make a compromise. let's face it, we will either all have to pay slightly more taxes and accept the fact that our benefits are going to have to be lower than they really are -- i am in that bracket of $125,000 to $250,000. i am very comfortable, i could contribute more to the deficit, i just want to make sure that that money goes to
there be a deal, what needs to happen in both houses of congress for the stopgap effort to go through? >> first, the senate will come together and decide the taxes for the wealthy will go up. now the question is who is wealthy? households to make more than $450,000 per year will see higher taxes. the next obstacle is what is going happen with the additional money? republicans would like to use that money to reduce the debts and democrats would like to spend it. they will find a compromise in the next hour. let's be optimistic. everyone is optimistic that they will finally pass a bill. mr. boehner will then try to find a common ground with democrats in the house and they will have to pass this bill as well. i'm not sure whether they will be able to do that today, so what we might see is that the house will come together tomorrow morning and pass the bill then. >> what happens if there's no deal? to the bills get paid? >> i am somewhat optimistic. if they're not going to find a solution, i think the house will have to come together after the third of january and talk about that again. if they do
, congress members passed similar resolutions in both house and the senate to formally recognize the first 10 days of may as asian-pacific heritage week. one year later, president jimmy carter signed into law a joint resolution to officially designate the annual celebration. 11 years later, president george bush extended the weeklong celebration to an entire month. you know and i know that our mothers say that every day is asian pacific american day. i want to recognize all of the milestones the api has made in the state of california and in the entire country. the caucus has a record of 42 members in the asian caucus in congress. one of their very first things we want to say is it was a young man who was the first member -- we want to make note of that. the reestablishment of the white house initiative by president obama was another accomplishment. president obama's cabinets has dr. steven chu. the very first asian-american -- as ambassador to the republic of china. we have a lot of accomplishments. it was not that accident, my friends. everyone of you know that you work hard. all these thin
have a record number of women in the senate, 20 of them, there were 17 in the previous congress. a record number of latinos serving in the senate and first openly gay senator. it's more diverse. >> it is. slowly and surely congress is looking for like america, and that's a good thing, obviously. add to that list two specially notable senators. first of all, independent senator from maine, an gus king, former independent governor the to the state. 40% are independents like myself. we have a representative in the senate, someone who does walk the walk and talk the talk. the she could thing especially notable is tammy baldwin historic she's the first openly gay senator. but tim scott, appointed by nikki haley, but the first african-american republican in the u.s. senate since ed brook elected back in the 1960s and the first republican senator from the south since reconstruction. so a very significant figure he'll be cutting in the coming years. another person to look for is ted cruz, a hispanic republican from texas. he's going to be a major factor for years to come. >> john, i kno
morning as the senate is set to reconvene. all eyes right now are on the upper chamber of congress as this really is coming down to harry reid trying to cobble together a measure to avert the fiscal cliff. whether that can be achieved is still very much up in the air. as of right now, president obama has gone back to his original demand that the bush era tax cuts be extended only for the first $250,000 in earnings. the white house is talking to senate democrats about what their proposal may look like. but as of yet, neither is in communication with congressional republicans. and as the white house hashes out details of the reid plan with senate democrats, it's at this moment unclear exactly what form it will take, what it will look like, other than to deal no doubt wheith tax cuts. details may not be released for a few days as they try to get republican support, yes, but also try to put pressure on speaker boehner by moving a vote in the senate closer to the new year. trying to say to house republicans and the speaker take up this bill that we may pass or take the blame for going o
president obama supports a ban on assault weapons proposed by california democratic senator dianne feinstein. getting it through congress quickly is highly unlikely, but the mere mention of a ban is enough to send sales soaring. and it's not just guns. brownell's, the world's largest firearm supplier, said it morently sold more than three- and-a-half years worth of a.r.- ag magazines in three days. even before newtown, sales of guns and ammunition this year were surging. chb.i. background checks of intential gun buyers were up 31% 20 november 2012 over 2011. in a report issued prior to newtown, the market research rack ibis world, which tracks the gun industry, found gun venthusiasts are working dermselves into a frenzy over what another four years under the obama administration may hold for gun laws." an instructor at nova firearms re falls church, virginia, where hey nearly sold out of a.r.-15s and high-capacity magazines after newtown. so, ironically, this shooting is a.spiring more people to buy this gun, the a.r.-15, and these mgh-round magazines. >> if i could, i would give ynator fein
a rational negotiant. -- negotiation. i think senator reid should get a vote for congress. that is about all have to say. host: patrick from montgomery, alabama. a republican from indiana and incoming republican freshman class president was on with us on a "newsmakers." i want to play you a piece of him talking about the involvement of newly elected members. >> how involved are new elected members? a house republican conference has been holding conference calls. are you guys on the calls? or do you guys not get anything until january 23? >> it varies. we are not on every conference call. we were certainly there while you were there for orientation in the first part of december. we have been briefed on many of the policy proposals. we are being kept abreast, but i would tell you, it is not quite like being a member of congress. host: that was congressman select "master. -- luke messer. we are taking your calls this morning and facebook messages. patricia rights in -- i want to go to don on the republican line from california. good morning. caller: canyon me? merry christmas, happy here -- hap
and republicans have resisted. if senate leaders cannot strike a deal, the president wants congress to vote on what would be plan c. it would focus on three key areas, keeping tax cuts for those making $250,000 or less. extending unemployment benefits and delay dramatic spending cuts until late next year. top senate republicans sound hopeful a deal can be reached. >> we are engaged in discussions, majority leader and myself, and the white house in the hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation that i can make to my conference and the majority leader can make to his conference. >> among the issues to be hammered out shall the threshold for extending the push tax cuts and president obama campaigned and sounds like, 400,000 may be where they're heading. a leader says that permanency is key, and fixing the death tax and a permanent solution for the alternative minimum tax which threatens 28 million americans every year, would also help win republican support, heather. >> mike emanuel reporting from washington with the latest, thank you, mike. >> kelly: heather a
senate and there are a dysfunctional congress and no wonder our back is up against the wall at midnight and we get some kind of -- this terrible deal that's thrown in our laps. >> so what was it like to be in the room when republicans voted on that deal? joining me now from capitol hill is republican congressman tom cole of oklahoma, who broke with his party in late november by suggesting the gop should consider a deal with a tax hike. thanks so much for being on the show. >> thank you, luke. >> i got to hand it to you, congressman cole, a big head line in the "washington post" today, "why tom cole is right," cole and mcconnell seem to have grasped that the long-range strategy dictated a deal be done on the fiscal cliff with as little public airing of grievances as possible. do you think that for future fights your colleagues will follow your advice and how much damage has this done to the house gop brand? >> i don't think it's done a lot of damage. sometimes in politics like in war you find a holding action so the army can escape. i think that's what you saw. the army is off the beache
to an effective thousand dollars per year and extend long-term unemployment benefits. senate leaders are using that framework to try to craft a proposal to pass both houses of congress. aides say it would likely increase the threshold for tax increases, reversing massive pay cut from medicare doctors, and elections of millions of americans to avoid paying the alternative minimum tax. an increase in the debt ceiling is not part ofhe discussion. that is significant development r house republicans who won any increase in the borrowing limit it accompanied by an equal amount in spending cuts taking the debt ceiling of the table making it much easier for the scaled-down version to be negotiated. from here senate leaders will try to secure an agreement by sunday morning. if so, democrats and republicans will try to sell its house and senate members. if they can do that the voting begins. there is some progress report this evening, though there are no guarantees. congress will act to resolve this. tom: this sounds a little bit like bob woodward's book to by bob woodward's book when he talked about th
this happen. this is what congress is passing on to us and is why conservatives in the house and senate need to be serious about these fiscal cliff tops, especially about the debt ceiling, not just sitting back and saying president obama won the election. if we don't act now my generation will spend our prime years being servants of the government, and that's not right. tom: i hope you do. i give you one more step before you go. the amount of interest that we pay on the debt that china owes, owns of our debt is enough to pay for their entire military for the whole year. we are basically funding with that the debt china military. thank you. i appreciate you coming on. well, forget the fiscal cliff. washington might be sending cows off a cliff. ♪ this family used capital one venture miles to come home for the holidays. that's double miles you can actually use... sadly, their brother's white christmas just gotblacked out." [ brother ] but it's the family party! really jingles your bells, doesn't it? my gift to you! the capital one venture card! for any flight, any time! that's double miles yo
that can pass both houses of congress. if not, the president wants a vote on his plan only in the senate and in the house the house leaders were non-committal. you also go back to the first time the bush tax cut were expiring back in 2010, that was a deal cut between vice president joe biden and minority leader mitch mcconnell at that time where they stand at all the tax cuts and apparel tax cut and the unempymen benefits. so the leader comingin again trying to up for some type of comprose and gget to the senate. for now the white house is letting the senate worked its magic. tom: interesting. but you very much. well, r-texas cogressman michael burgess says we need much deeper spending cuts than anyone is talking about. congressman, you know what they say, well, no, no, this austerity stuff will put us into recession. >> oh, there are so many different facets to this, tom. can i just say that the prcess part, and i know i'm not supposed to talk about process, but it makes me uncomfortable. the same people that were there 18 months ago in that room in the white house are there again. they
congress that passed a bill. if reid didn't like the bill, let it go for debate. let his senate vote it down and say no, we're not going to accept these conditions. >> let me ask you this, then. interesting question. president obama gets his own deal, sends it over to the republicans, they have the same dilemma. >> well, they may. but i think you would at least see a fair dee beat. look, i think the average american realizes we have to cut spending. you know the numbers. >> craig, i have to ask you -- i have to stop you. i don't think they do. we ran a package yesterday, we sent the producer out on the street, showed people how much more they would pay in taxes after we go offer the fiscal cliff and they were like wow, i had no idea. where were you november 6 when you a chance to vote against doing that? i don't think the average american understands. >> they were listening to pimp with a limp and david letterman, a nice guy who knows nothing about economics. social security, defense, medicare, medicaid, the health programs and the cost of interest on our debt are the five -- four ma
harry reid and mitch mcconnell come to a deal in the senate, or because democrats jam the republicans in congress, it's mostly going to be about extending the bush tax cuts for the middle class, which will mean letting them expire for the rich. that will net somewhere around $600 billion in new tax revenue. the white house will pocket that. they will have got in three quarters of what they wanted last year, before even the negotiations had really kicked off. then we're going to go over the cliff and the pressure will mount quickly to strike another deal. republicans are still going to want entitlement cuts sop the white house will insist that the next deal include a dollar in tax increases for every dollar in spending cuts. so in that next deal, image republicans want $800 billion in spending cuts, a number of they've kicked around before. democrats will say they need that much in taxes, too. and because they've already raised rates, they got those middle class tax cuts extended, and the rich ones expired, they'll be open to do hitting through tax reform, which will be easier for repu
. the president left after the house approved a senate bill. that is despite the objections of some house republicans. >> thanks to the votes of democrats and republicans in congress, i will sign a law that raises taxes on the wealthiest 2% of americans while preventing a middle class tax hike that could have sent the economy back in a recession. >> i wish i could say this was a proud moment. a moment in which we started the year off right. in which the first of january was the first of great many good things. it isn't. we are kicking the can down the road. >> new members of congress will be sworn in tomorrow and over the next two months they will have to resolve the issues this last minute deal does not address. here are some of the provisions of the deal passed last night. a permanent extension of previous tax cuts for all taxpayers. expect for individuals making $400,000 a year. or couples making more than $550,000. and it postpones decisions on controversial spending cuts for two monthst. >>> the house of representatives wrapped up its session last night without voting on legislation
tonight. the vice president is meeting with senate, and congress. if this agreement is made there could be a vote tomorrow. regardless, it is still inevitable that there will go over the fiscal cliff at midnight tonight >>> now the senate is still expected to vote on a package before midnight tonight. both the president working with members of happen. is reached, the house could tomorrow. regardless we and coming up a little bit later in this newscast. we'll get insight and >>> also developing tonight. doctors in new york expect secretary of state hillary clinton will make a full that formed in her head. doctors say the clot is in the vein in the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear. they also say it has not resulted in a storke or neurological damage. clinton was admitted to a hospital last night after doctors discovered the clot. which they say stemmed from the concussion she suffered earlier this month. she's being treated with blood thinners. and is said to be in good spirits. >>> and people around the world already ringing in 2013. you can see large crowds gat
the senate veteran help congress stumble to a deal on the last day? if not, and we do go off the cliff, congress could be more likely to make a deal and quickly, because then lawmakers could claim they voted to cut middle class taxes. i'm steve handlesman, news4, capitol hill. >> if nothing else, it looks like there will be a deal to keep the price of milk from skyrocketing. leaders have agreed to a one-year ex-tense of the 2008 farm bill that expired in october. the deal will avert a spike in milk prices to as much as $8 a gallon. but it has to come to a vote in the house and senate tomorrow. a new report tonight further criticizes the state department for its response to the u.s. consulate attack in libya. nbc news s obtained an advance copy of the investigation. in it, it concludes that bad security allowed militants to walk right into the compound. the report criticizes the state department for failing to sufficiently respond to requests for additional security. the full report will be released tomorrow. >>> gusty winds made for a very chilly day here in washington, and they also
obama using the bully pulpit of his office to put pressure on congress. "meet the press" tomorrow and take a listen to part of what he said yesterday afternoon. take a listen. >> if an agreement isn't reached in time between senator reid and senator mcconnell, then i will urge senator reid to bring to the floor a basic package for an up or down vote. >> up or down vote. what kind of pressure would that put on members of congress? >> this is all about the blame game, craig. it takes 60 votes to do almost anything in the u.s. senate. for president obama calling for an up or down vote, for the senate which rarely happens he would be saying if any republican or groups of republicans ends up blocking the legislation, they would be the ones who would be blamed for going over the fiscal cliff and luke russert just outlined something else, too, if you even get 60 votes that then goes to the house the question is does house speaker john boehner and republicans allow that to come to the vote. if they don't, they'll be the ones to get the blame. so president obama was using his bully pulpit
for the american people, and -- >> with all due respect, senator, every member of congress who has come on this program over the last couple of days has said that, but how does it happen? >> you know, i work very hard to practice what i preach, and others have to do that, too. i bring a background as a governor working with both parties. solutions are imperfect. that's always the case. but we have got to find ways to work together and move ahead. and look, we can't do it all at once, let's make as much progress each time as we can. >> do you have any sense that a new start, a new congress can make any difference at all? >> i hope so. i was hopeful that the election would kind of give us a new start and really put everyone in that mindset about getting things done, but we've got a real challenge with the deficit and debt, and now as we approach this debt ceiling, we have got to find ways to produce real savings and also reforms, entitlement reform to save those programs for the long term. >> senator john hoeven, thank you very much. it's good to see you on this new year's day. >> happy n
the president. there is still time to get something done, just the way the mechanics of congress work. getting the senate to the agreement and running out the clock and calling the house republicans back. it's hard to see how they can vote on something before newier's eve. >> marty, to steve's point, one of the major source of pain is the payroll tax cut. when they negotiate a deal, unfortunately it's going away. i was taking a look at something nate was writing as he wants to do, talking about the numbers here. specifically looking at the break down of who was in the house. between tea party republicans of which there is a lot and blue dog democrats of which there few and liberal democrats. he is basically making the point that if boehner does want to stick with the principal that he is going to pass something with a majority of his caucus, he will need a significant amount of support or some support from liberal democrats, not just blue dogs. what kind of a deal could realistically get to the house that holds together most of the caucus and also brings along some liberal democrats? >> that's
. at this point, based on the reporting coming out of that meeting that vice president biden had with the senate democratic congress, it doesn't appear a lot have been swayed by liberal democrats who believe this is not good enough. the people on the right will see this as a compromise to some extent as well because they moved the needle on taxes and because they are dealing with the sequester now and reporting this in this dual way. both through new revenues and cuts. not for the president for how he might see them deal with. this will be another 11th hour knock down, dragout fight two months from now. we'll certainly be prepared for that. again, room for compromise within the sequester and the other point that he brought up, by officials who were close to this talk on the democratic side is that they have left themselves some room for negotiations. in other words, there are other tax revenues that they can get in the future. through scaling back tax breaks. other entitlement reforms can be considered. they feel moving forward when you look at that two months mark where we will be dealing with
. >> so it's no burning the midnight oil for the senate because they're gone, and congress now, do we know? >> reporter: the senate has decided to formally -- the senate majority leader harry reid said about an hour ago that effectively there won't be any votes tonight. so the hope for getting a deal today that the senate can vote on which was the hope even going into the day, that's not going to happen. in fact, the house, they brought people back for a vote tonight just to have people here in case the senate could vote on something that they could send over to the house. none of that is going to happen right now. the senate is not going to come in for any votes until 11:00 a.m. tomorrow. that is just 13 hours before the clock strikes midnight so they are certainly cutting it close. not a lot of -- certainly a lot of pessimism in the halls here. a lot of tension. a lot of anxiety. a lot of frustration, and certainly that frustration is not just within the walls and halls of congress. it's coming from outside in a big way. >> dana bash, stay tuned or we'll stay tuned to you. thank you. >>
of congress -- in fact, particularly proud of anything that the house and senate agree on. [applause] it is humbling to realize that just six athletes had this award, this gold medal award. roberto clemente. jackie robinson. joe louis. recently, or golfing buddy, nelson. i believe that golf and golfers promotes some sort of human values that symbolize so many americans. such characteristics as honesty, hard work, dedication, responsibility, respect for the other guy, playing by the rules. it is something we do in the game of golf. these things are inherent in the game and among the cardinal principles being taught to young people throughout the country through the first tee program. they're so many people like to think today. for the lack of time, i will pass on that, thank you very much. first, without the efforts of my golfing buddy and friend, joe. he is a great guy and a good golfer. i discovered when i was playing golf with him recently at the tradition club in california, just be careful about the strokes you give him. hold back just a little. [laughter] congressman is joined b
. congress putting your money at risk. may be a last-minute vote in the senate today. again, that is more than 517 days after they could have fixed the thing to start with. in case you weren't angry yet, president obama sign the executive order that gives executive worker as a pay raise. won wonders whether congress has earned their raise. grover and i have never agreed on anything rat all except the fact that congressmen shouldn't have had a raise on thursday. good morning, goo to see again. >> good morning. >> you continue to engage in the conversation which i always appreciate. let me ask you this, you don't want taxes going up on anyone. but when things looked like they were aat an impasse and house speaker john boehner, the highest elected in the country. put forward his plan b about a week ago, you read it through, and you said you would be okay with people who had signed this anti tax pledge of yours voting for that bill. voting for an increase of taxes. and you will phrase it differently. voting for something that will allow taxes to go up for those that make more than $1 million
't afford a self inflicted wound to our economy. >> fortunate lie congress can prevent it from happening if they act right now. i had a good and constructive discussion with senate and house leadership about preventing the tax hike on the middle class and we should be able to reach an agreement to pass both house necessary time. >> senate leaders can't strike a deal. it would be a plan c. keeping tax cuts for those making $250,000 or less . extending unemployment benefits and delay dramatic spending cuts until later next year. >> they realize it is it a critical time. >> we are engaged in discussion majority leader and myself and the white house in the hopes we can come forward sunday and have a recommendation that i can make to my conference and the majority leader can make and we'll be working hard to try to get there in the next 24 hours. >> sources say house spheeker bone bone deferred to the senate and house would consider or amend the plan and not expected to be included is the debt limit . leading republican senator said permanence is key and given the certain ty. task and alterna
will be passed on to the new congress which comes to work on thursday. >> is that because the -- senate -- for the most part has already left? >> well, senate leaders remain in session and they already decided if there was going to be a vote on the bill that they sent to the house they could do it without a roll call and do it and pass it on to the president. but the house, obviously is not taking a vote all day. they are making it clear her very unhappy with this bill. not enough deficit reduction on the spending cuts in this bill. they don't like the bill. they are now saying they may take a vote on an amended bill and as i said the senate saying they are not going to take that up. >> we saw vice president biden instrumental in getting this deal done on the senate side. met with the democratic caucus on the house side this morning. can he move republicans? >> it doesn't appear so. not on the house. he met with p nancy pelosi and other democrats today. but it does not appear that the republicans in the house are going to send the bill back to the senate and doesn't appear had a vice pr
the president said the meeting was constructive he added if congress can't reach a deal he will ask senator reed to at least propose a basic package. >> one that protects the middle class from an income tax hike, extends the vital lifeline of unemployment insurance to 2 million americans looking for a job. and lays the ground work for future corporation by more economic growth and deficit reduction. >>> with no agreement on the fiscal cliff extended unemployment benefits expire tomorrow for 24,000 unemployed californians. one woman says she's been out of work for two years. she said if it weren't for the long term unemployment benefits she doesn't know how she would get by. >> not being able to put food on table. not being able to pay my bills. >> those individuals and families are on their own to figure out how they're going to have an income until they have go on and have a job again. >> reporter: 1.2 million americans could lose their extended unemployment benefits nationwide. >>> cloudy and cold, all day across the entire bay area. now we're adding some rain showers to the mix. here's a look
, just like almost everything congress does, right? the senate republican leader, mitch mcconnell, having difficulty with harry reid, he wanted to do a deal. he was feeling like maybe the democratic leader would string him along, trying to push him toward the cliff to increase his leverage. he called joe biden. they have a very good working relationship. cut a deal last year to increase the debt limit for the government. they -- they increased or extended the payroll taxes you were talking about in 012010. i have this from folks who were there. he went off the senate floor into the cloak room and said a lot of guys don't understand how things work like you do, joe, can we work together? and joe biden said let me call you back. he did and put an offer on the table. the first one of many that got us to the deal we see today. >> speaker boehner voted in favor of the bill, eric cantor did not. paul ryan voted in favor of the bill, marco rubio did not. are we seeing a fundamental split in the republican party? >> i think so. i think a lot of conservatives felt there was a revenue decrease with
. >>> victims of sandy will have to wait for the next session of congress to find out if they are going to get more federal help. house of representatives wrapped up this session of congress without considering a 60 billion dollar package. the senate passed the measure but because new lawmakers will be sworn in this month the legislative process will have to restart. >>> time for a check of the forecast. lynette charles is back with us after sometime off. >> yes. i am happy to be back. and we are going to be dealing with very cold temperatures. there's more sunshine in the forecast as we go through time. now this morning, we are not dealing with any type of sunshine. just plenty of cloud cover across the area. and the further you go, in southern maryland, that's where you will deal with a little wintery weather across the area this morning. so be prepared for that. we are going to be talking about more sunshine moving in as we head throughout the day. also the cold temperatures are going to be in place for today. we are at 34 right now in easton. ijamsville at 30 and 29 degrees in owings mills
congress is sworn in as for the u.s. senate, they reconvened yesterday. >> we have been swamped with the news of the fiscal cliff but locally, cliff. a law was passed five years ago to require home owners to fill out a one time application to update the data base and cut out the fraud. you can only get a credit on your main home not a rental or a second home. >> i've he been a homeowner for over 30 years so i want my money. >> everybody has gotten at least two applications mailed directly a their premise address. >> so if you or someone you know foregist by the end of the dead -- forgets by the end of the deadline you will lose out on next year's credit. >>> other top stories for you this morning. the country is mourning the loss of a decorated war hero. retired general norman schwarzkopf passed away at his home in tampa. he is known as stormin norman and the bear gained national attention in 1991 when he led operation desert storm. that was to overthrow iraqi forces out of kuwait and that's what he did. he also fought in vietnam where he earned three silver stars three bronze s
to work today. their representatives in the congress of the united states, unlike the united states senate, did not go back to work and have not gone back to work, and that, correctly, is concerning our people. we have four days to avert a crisis that could harm our fragile recovery, cost us a credit downgrade, and impose arbitrary spending cuts that will undermine our national security and slash programs for the vulnerable. i hope the speaker and his republican party will be here with democrats, working to finish the task before us in reaching an agreement to avert the fiscal cliff. democrats are ready to work and, yes, ready to compromise. we understand we will not get it all our way. the legislative process is about compromise. democracy is about compromise. we have not done much of that this year, and frankly this house has been an extraordinarily partisan house where we passed legislation after legislation which the leadership knew it would not be adopted by the senate and the president would veto it. that has not been a constructive experience for the house or a constructive experien
, elizabeth, there was not a lot of optimism on capitol hill today. both senate leaders admitting that congress is facing a hard deadline while at the same time, blaming each other for not having a deal in place by now. president obama cut short his holiday vacation and returned to the white house to work on a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff." before flying home from hawaii, the president called congressional leaders nancy pelosi, john boehner, mitch mcconnell and harry reid to reach agreements before tax hikes and spending cuts kick in january 1. >> we have been asking the president and the democrats to work with us on a bipartisan agreement for months. >> i don't know time wise how it can happen now. >> reporter: the senate majority leader wants house republicans to return from their vacations to approve a democratic senate plan that extends tax cuts for families making less than $250,000 a year. >> that's the only option that is viable escape route. >> reporter: but republican leaders say it's up to democrats who control the senate and white house to avert the "fiscal cliff." >
weapons proposed by california democratic senator dianne feinstein. getting it through congress quickly is highly unlikely, but the mere mention of a ban is enough to send sales soaring and, it's not just guns. brownells said it recently sold more than three and a half years worth of ar-15 magazines in three days. even before newtown, sales of guns and ammunition this year were surging. fbi background checks of potential gun buyers were up 31% in november 2012 over 2011. in a report issued prior to newtown, the market research firm ida's world that tracks the gun industry, found gun enthesists are working themselves into a frenzy over what another four years under the obama administration may hold for gun laws. chuck is an instructor at nova firearms in falls church, virginia, where they nearly sold out of ar-15's and high capacity magazines after newtown. >> so ironically this shooting is inspiring more people to buy this gun, the ar-15 and the high round magazines? >> if i could, i would give senator feinstein and the president salesmen of the year awards. >> reporter: senator feinste
, it would greatly prevent them getting it done before congress was sworn in at noon. harry reid, the senate majority leerksd said it's going to be very, very tough. a lot of them were tired. the senators were already home and they were waiting for the house to just sign off on it. so any changes, especially major changes, would have, could have really, really scuttled this thing from passing and getting to president obama's desk very quickly. >> is there any real winner in this scenario? can both sides walk away saying that they got something out of this deal? >> i think both sides could say they got something out of the deal, but think you see a lot more discontent among the republican ranks. you saw with the vote last night in the house, it was really the democrats who had to push it across the line. the republicans are not happy that there has to be tax increases on a small percentage of americans. they're not happy with nearly $4 trillion over a decade racking up the nation's debt. and several of the democrats are not happy about the deal either. but it's mostly the democrats and presid
for something that has been months in the making, what does it say about the senate and the house and congress's ability to tackle big issues, and if the american people are skeptical about that very thing, do they have a right to be? >> yes. absolutely. the folks who i hear from, delawareans who are calling me, e-mailing me, sending me responses to a position paper, a white paper that i put out on the fiscal cliff weeks ago, uniformly say why can't you all get along? why can't you reach a reasonable compromise? delaware's political culture is one where we pass balanced budgeted on time every year at the city, county, and state level. unlike many other states where they have months and months of wrangling passed their constitutional deadlines. ours is a representative system. the house and the senate is made up of members who have been represent -- they've been elected, and they represent the districts that they're from. part of our challenge in tackling the significant unaddressed deficits and entitlement challenges and the needs -- the investment needs we have to strengthen our economy and t
whether the senate will vote today. congress could pass it red rho actively. >>> breaking news in prince william county. we have just learned a county police officer died following in fiery crash at the intersays of nobodiesville road and piper lane. officer chris young was riding on a motorcycle at the time. you can see the van was the other vehicle. we're still gathering information about this accident. we'll bring you more throughout the evening. >>> it's been a cold new year's eve so far today. doug kammerer has the forecast for us. >> things looking okay out there. look for a sprinkle, maybe a flurry, but don't expect it to impact your plans. take a look, and the cloud cover continues to make a way in. you can see a lot of what looks like rain and snow back toward the west, but most of this not reaching the ground. the atmosphere just a little too dry. as i mentioned, maybe a sprinkle or flurry. later on, i'll update the exact midnight temperatures. many of those locations all looking pretty good. i'll talk about that coming up, plus how cold will we start off 2013. >>> about a mill
, a lot of the senators and members of congress, we're just going to keep pushing because we got to come together and get people to agree on some kind of package. >> are you hearing anything from the white house? the other day it was scott brown, the senator from massachusetts, who will be leaving in the new congress, but he said a deal was coming from the white house. hearing any idea what it looks like? perhaps a scaled down deal from president obama? >> yeah. i believe we need a big deal, but the more likely possibility, at this point, is it's really focused on a tax deal where they come up with some number between what speaker boehner and president obama talked about, that they address things like alternative minimum tax, and put together a deal that we either try to pass before the end of the year or get agreement to come back right after the first of the year and pass it through both houses. adam: the numbers were something like the president at one point was willing to raise his baht -- bottom line to 400,000. if that's the deal, can you guys, can the men and women in our politica
passed the senate bill late last night averting fiscal disaster for the moment. live at our nation's capitol with details. good morning. >> good morning, the country did go over fiscal cliff but congress have fixed the mess. what they passed is retroactive, 90% of americans will not see a change in tax rates. >> they finally got it done. congress ended the long drama over the fiscal cliff with house republicans passing the senate bill. i will sign a law that will raise taxes on wealthiest 2% of americans. it could have sent the economy back into a recession. it appeared the bill was headed for defeat. house republicans had not want to raise taxes without significant cuts. >> there is no spending cuts. we're adding $4 billion a day to the debt. we feel like the senate bill failed miserably. >> but republicans decided to the to lengthen the fight. >> what is the alternative? go out $4 trillion of tax hikes for the american people, market uncertain. >> the bill shields people earning less than $400,000 a year from tax increases and extends unemployment benefits for roughly 2 million p
rule 5 which says the following -- the rules of the senate shall continue from congress to congress until they are changed as provided for by these rules, which of course is a two-thirds vote. the u.s. senate has never changed the rules of the majority rule. that is the nuclear option. changed the majority vote. we have never done that. there have been comments made as to whether that could be done or not. the current vice president is very strongly opposed to the nuclear option or the constitutional option. >> how can you tell if the most popular filibuster reform rule is to institute the talking filibuster? is that still on the table? >> if a person objects and there is closure, that person can go to the floor for one hour. they can go up to 30 hours. they can. but the senator has to be on the floor. talking. >> the next question is addressed by the practices section. we urge the leaders to address and make it clear that you must talk. you cannot not talk. you cannot put in quorum call after quorum call. you can put in one quorum call. after that, there would not be additional quo
our senate debate. it is vital that the president and congress establish a closer working relationship, especially on national security. this is not just a matter of process. it's necessary to undergird national unit in the event of severe crises, such as war with iran or another catastrophic terrorist attack. this cooperation depends on congressional leaders who are willing to set aside partisan advantage and on administration officials who understand the benefits of having the support of congress as worth the effort it takes to secure it. currently, the national security dialogue between the president and congress in my judgment, is one of the least constructive i have ever witnessed. there is little foundation for resolving national security disputes or even the expectation that this can occur. before the next niervelings the president must be -- before the next 9/11, the president must be willing to call republicans to the oval office to establish the basis for a working partnership in foreign policy and republicans must shall be willing to suspend reflective opposition that serves
house and senate producer chad pergram from fox news has reported it is unlikely that has enough support to make it. if congress, the house were to amend that proposal to add the spending cuts to the bill the senate passed last night, republicans understand the senate is unlikely to even consider those changes. >> we are breaking up to go vote in just a moment on otherments. we do expect to vote on this later tonight. >> and what have the amendments, fiical cliff bill taking shape? what are the, size of the cuts you're looking for, where do they come from? >> we're just luking at one possible amendment. and they are going to decide after doing a little bit of discussion among members whether or not to bring it up. >> do you sport that test. >> huh? >> do you support that test? >> personally feel the senate will probably just ignore it as they did a year ago on the payroll situation. and that we'll still be back here. basically dealing with the underlying bill which is the senate version? >> do you have a chance for up-or-down vote on unamended version of the bill? >> yes. i think that wi
on the senate floor. >> something has gone terribly wrong when the biggest threat to our american economy is our american congress. >> how did we get to this, congressman? he right? >> yes, he is. really it's the inability of congress to control spending. that is why we're in this pickle right now. we're spending $1.2 trillion more than we're taking in every year. and so he is completely right. i think people are right to see congress as dysfunctional. that's why we've got to deal with this today or tomorrow or the next day in a way that fixes this long term, not just gets us out of the pickle for one day. and that's my concern is that, you know, we'll finally discover bipartisanship and that bipartisanship is everybody turns their back while everybody spends money. and that's what we've done in the past and we just can't continue to do that in the future. >> congressman, soon to be senator, good to have you on the program. happy new year to you sir. >> thank you. >> so, susan, we've been telling people since i went on the air last night that the congress is going to be back at 11:00. what happe
on by noon on thursday, then they start all over again because they swear in the 113th congress, new senate, new house they start from scratch, none of the legislation that passed the last night in the senate or might pass the house today is going to mean much because they have a whole new cast of characters, a lot of new members, new senators, new members of the house coming in. they start from scratch. they really don't have a lot of time and, remember, deb, if they don't get this done today, or at least by tomorrow, the markets are going to react and there is probably going to be a significant drop in the markets because people are nervous out there about what is going to happen. if they also don't pass anything, those draconian tax increases on everyone, not just people making more than $400,000 a year or $450,000 a year, taxes, tax rates are going to go up on almost all federal income taxpayers, and the spending cuts, the cuts in the sequestration isn't called, the domestic spending, the national security spending, they will go into effect as well. going to be a lot of jobs that will b
and spending cuts take effect. senate negotiators stayed late into the night trying to work out a plan that would pass a vote. both houses of congress would convene later this afternoon in a rare sunday session. in his weekly address, the president took his message directly to the public calling for congress to come together to pass a deal. >> for the past couple months, i have been working with people in both parties with the help of business leaders and ordinary americans to come together around a plan to grow the economy and shrink our deficits. it's a balance plan. one that would protect the middle class, cut spending in a responsible way and ask the wealthiest americans to pay a little more. and i'll keep working with anybody who's serious about getting a comprehensive plan like this done because it's the right thing to do for our economic growth. but we're now at the point where in just a couple of days the law says that every american's tax rates are going up. every american's paycheck will get a lot smaller. and that would be the wrong thing to do for our economy. it would hurt
, jeopardize the deal. because thursday, january 3, at noon, 112th congress comes to an end and that senate agreement, it would be dead. >> thank you very much. coming up, during 4:30, abc 7 news will take a look at the fiscal cliff impass on your wall wallet. learn how much the payroll tax increase is going cost you moving on in kinld of a strange situation in san jose. police questioning a naked man who held officers at bay with a sword almost three hours this morning and yelling things like you're going to have to kill me. officers fired a flash bang device to get him to drop the weapon that. didn't work. officers recovered a sword andá÷ an assault weapon they found in his car. the man has been treated for injuries. >> police have launched an investigation after a 51-year-old man was found shot to death on street in downtown gilroy. investigators say the man was shot several times, and they're not focusing on tracking down the dark color sedan seen speeding from the scene. >> staff and students in sandy hook elementary school in connecticut will return to class on thursday. but in a ne
likely is it that congress, the senate and house side will pass this? >> i think that there will be liberals who will reject this deal, whenever the deal finally emerges. some liberal democrats in the senate, maybe senator tom harkin, for example. some conservatives will reject it because the top 2% see those earning more than $450,000 see their taxes go up. they might reject it. i think there will be a significant bipartisan majority in the senate that will pass it. if the president comes out and says he can live with this, and this is a compromise but he's not getting 100% of what he wants, the president says if the republican and the democratic leaders in the senate, harry reid and mitch mcconnell, if they say that, there will be a significant bipartisan majority in the senate. the house speaker john boehner suggested at the white house meeting the other day that whatever passes the senate he would allow to come up for an up or down vote in the house of representatives. if he allows that to happen and the democrats are on board, there will be a need for some re
in that building where it started. >>> a rare sunday session for congress. all eyes on the senate as the nation moves closer and closer to the brink of that fiscal cliff with passive tax hikes set to automatically kick in. they are trying to come up with a last minute compromise. president said any bipartisan bill would have to extend unemployment benefits affecting some 2 million americans. it would also have to increase taxes on the highest income earners. >> just can't afford a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. economy is growing, but keeping it that way means that the folks you sent to washington have to do their jobs. >> the president's proposal to raise taxes on the top two percent of americans won't even pay one-third of the annual interest that's now owed on the massive $16 trillion debt. >>> the house returns tonight just one day before a deal needs to be reached. it's likely negotiators will be burning the midnight oil as the clock ticks down to 2013. there will be a lot more on the fiscal cliff coming up this morning on abc's "this week." charles summer of new york and
's already been ten hours. thank you. >>> a rare sunday session for congress. all eyes on the senate as the nation moves closer to the the brink of the fiscal cliff with massive spending cuts and tax hikes cut to automatically kick in. lawmakers will get down to work starting at 10:00 this morning our time. senate negotiators are trying to come up with a last-minute compromise to present to the house. president obama says any bipartisan bill has to extend unemployment benefits, affecting some 2 million americans. he says it must increase taxes on the highest income earners. the president knows neither side is going to get everything they want, and he thinks it's time for house republicans to compromise. it is very important for republicans in congress to say we aren't going to get 100%, at the need to compromise in order to solve problems. >> if there is enough in the agreement for republicans to be able to support it, and we can get a majority of republicans in the senate and a majority of democrats in the senate, then i think there's a good opportunity for a majority of democrats a
window lou: did not republicans control both houses of congress 2001-6? >> but given the senate rules, you could only have a tax cut out for ten years with 51 votes. lou: i understand why it's necessary for us to watch the debt go up another 4 trillion. let me be serious about this. it really is stunning. we are watching a bunch of folks haggling over whether they are increasing taxes are not increasing taxes which wrigley is of no moment to me so long as it's rational and in the national interest. right now we are watching the government to this whole congress, republicans sought supposed to be a lack -- against limited government. 2001 until now we just watched this thing explode. i see nothing change in that direction. >> several things are moving in the right direction. lou: i'm cheery. i'm perfectly frustrated at the incompetence ability of the actions being taken by both republican and democratic parties. millions of americans are by the way right beside me in that confusion and frustration. i'm going to ask you awake through the commercial break because were coming up against t
up more seats in the new congress. they picked up seats in the last election in the senate and the same thing in the the house so speaker boehner's hand will be weakened a little bit more in the days ahead because democrats have more seats in the house and same deal on the senate. that is why it is so pivotal now. the midnight deadline is almost a little bit artificial. they will vote at some point if they can get if. the bottom line is they have to make sure they get this signed off on. if it languishes a few days some on the democratic side will say why are we giving in on the tax issue and x and y we might get a better deal if we let this play out. they want to make sure get this signed off on in the next few hours so there is no funny business. >> just recapping now. the white house believes that they have a deal with senate republicans. vice president biden is up on capitol hill actually trying to twist the arms of some senate democrats who may have some problems with this deal as it is developed. he is meeting now behind closed doors with democratic senators in a cauc
the subcommittee and asia pacific i was overcome with emotion by your resolved and spirit. you asked congress to support myanmar and her people and i am happy to report we have not. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, the senator from california, the hon. dianne feinstein. >> mr. speaker, nancy pelosi, mrs. bush, harry reid, leader mcconnell, secretary of state hillary clinton and my colleagues in government this is a special day to honor a special person in a special place. for many years i have followed tragedies and victories of this uncommonly courageous and persistent woman. in 1988 she quickly rose to be the voice of democracy in burma creating the lead for democracy, elections followed in 1990 when her party won 80% but that joy turned to tragedy and the the military junta and aung san suu kyi spent 3 decades under house arrest unable to visit her dying husband. in 1996 i recall senator bill cohen approaching with senator mccain to sponsor a burma sanction bill, sanctions were put in place in 1997 and only loosened in july of this year. senator mcconnell became one of aung san suu kyi'
are expressing on this holiday. as congress fails to agree on taxes and government spending measures that have a direct impact on every single american. this new year's day started right after the ball dropped with a lot of hopeful language. the senate voted after 2:00 a.m. on a bipartisan deal that the president praised. but now an impasse. we'll begin our coverage tonight on capitol hill with more from nbc's kelly o'donnell. kelly, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, kate. congress is in overtime. after missing the midnight deadline, they are trying to work something out before the next two hurdles -- the financial markets opening and their own terms here in congress running out on thursday. even though the white house and senate made a deal, it is tough to get it through the house. at a bleary-eyed 2:00 in the morning, senators actually did what many constituents loudly demand -- both parties compromised to pass a fiscal cliff package. >> the ayes are 89, the nays are 8. >> reporter: but then came daylight. and gop house leaders hit a wall of complaints from their own frustrated house
the senate confirms her successor. but today senate staffers told us that right now there is no word yet as to when congress will begin those hearings to approve john kerry as the next secretary of state. clinton herself isn't expected to travel. these health issues have kept her from all public events for the past three weeks, but she is working from her hospital bed. >> mason: margaret brennan from new york presbyterian hospital. thank you, margaret. a shell oil drilling rig is on the rocks off the coast of alaska. it ran aground last night near an uninhabited island on the state's south coast as it was being towed in a storm. lee cowan reports the coast guard is leading efforts to free the ship and prevent damage to the environment. >> reporter: severe wet has complicated efforts to determine the damage to the 266-foot drill barge called the "kulluk." the concern is not for the true. all 18 aboard were evacuated by the coast guard. the worry is the more than 160,000 gallons of diesel fuel and oil locked deep in the rig's hull, all being relentlessly battered by waves as high as four-s
there is correct. if there's agreement out of the united states senate it is voted on tonight and the house tomorrow. a lot of folks in the house really view the deadline as 11:59 a.m. on thursday. that's when this congress by law has to adjourn. so between now and then we're going to get a back and forth, sequester delay and mike just spoke about. i want to say one thing which i think we're missing over here, guys. the fact to agree here in washington, d.c. about these numbers at $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for couples, think about how much this is argued over over 10 years in washington. these tax levels. not just sunsetted later on, it's for couples and individuals permanently and a huge deal and what mitch mcconnell was trying to say, we have come to this agreement. voting to raise taxes. that's huge for republicans. don't scuttle it because of some hiccup over the sequester. now a lot of democrats who don't like this, they want the president to fight. remains to be seen is that can it pass the house gop? house republicans said any type of deal that doesn't cut spending will n
with the fiscal cliff and being a member of congress especially a respected member of the senate and what do you think is possible at this point on any type of a large scale deal. what do you see as the most likely scenario moving forward. >> i don't think it's a lack of urgency, but a great deal of concern that republican party failed to do anything. it seems that in the house, boehner has no control over his extreme right wing faction. i think the american people are very clear about what they want. what they want is to ask the wealthiest people in the country to pay their fair share of taxes. there was a poll out the other day, 70% of the american people think folks making over $250,000 a year should pay their fair share. they understand that one out of four corporations are paying nothing. the american people are very, very clear throughout this election and in polling as well. do not cut social security, medicare and medicaid. you have the situation with republicans saying hey, we don't think billionaires should pay a nickel more in taxes, but we think there should be cuts in programs impac
of hearing the phrase. i it talked to several this week, members of congress and members of the senate who indicate we're going over the cliff. they say it won't be that bad. don't worry about it. there's something in me that wonders about the psychological impact of just going right over. >> mike, you're right. they are saying that, and there's a real risk especially in the white house. they know that the reaction of the markets, especially overseas, the credit raters is unpredictable. you don't want to start your second term with a double-dip recession. that's the real risk here. for republicans more and more you hear them saying and i think this is what you're refer to here. you hear them saying, let's just wait until people get their first paycheck. wait until they get that pay economic when there's less withheld and there's not a payroll tax holiday but then they want tax relief. it's a huge risk. another political game at play here. sherman has a great story on the sight right there giving the thought bubbles for both sides. if we go over the cliff, here's why. here's why they think,
of the 112th congress be printed in parchment. the presiding officer: without objection the senate will proceed to the measure. mr. reid: i ask unanimous consent when we complete our business today the senate adjourn until 12:00 p.m. tomorrow morning. i guess i was rushing through here a little bit, mr. president. there was no objection. is that right? the presiding officer: the senate is considering the measure. mr. reid: thank you. i ask consent that the concurrent resolution be agreed to, the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid on the table, there be no intervening action or debate. the presiding officer: without objection so ordered. mr. reid: i ask consent when we complete our business today the senate adjourn until 12:00 p.m. tomorrow morning, january 2, 2013. following the prayer and pledge, the journal of proceedings be approved to date, the morning hour deemed expired and the time for the two leaders be reserved for use later in the day. following leader remarks the senate proceed to a period of morning business until 1:30 p.m. with senators permitted to speak
really was masterful. i have been around congress for 30 years, house and the senate. you can pick out the real legislators, and debbie stabenow is a real legislator. she sat down and crafted a farm bill. you may not think of michigan as a farm state. it is. and she looked at this bill in terms of its entirety. and in its entirety the farm bill is about more than farmers and ranchers. it's also about nutrition and food programs and school lunch and food stamps. they're all included in this bill. so she tackled it with the ranking republican member, pat roberts of kansas, and really came up with an amazing work product. she had over 63 votes in the senate for this farm bill, bipartisan support for this farm bill. let me tell what you it did. it not only ended up with a bill that had the support of every major farm organization, which is no mean feat, it saved over $23 billion in deficit reduction in five years. she went after some of the indefensible programs like the direct payment program to farmers, which they readily acknowledge needed to go away, took those programs aside and put t
, congress can provide economic security and certainty for middle-class families. this has passed the senate with overwhelming bipartisan support, permanently extending 9 tax cuts permanently9% of american families -- tax cuts to 99% of american families. it expands relief for millions of young people and makes vital investments that build economic growth and jobs in this country. it averts the fiscal cliff and the humble economic consequences that may have resulted. as we close out this congress, we have reached resolution on a major issue facing this congress and an asian -- their tax policy for our families and our -- this congress and the nation -- their tax policy for our families. i expect it will be difficult to reach a bipartisan solution, but that does not mean it cannot be done. tonight's vote demonstrates it can. it benefits american families and american businesses. i yield back. >> the gentleman from michigan, mr. camp. >> i still reserve. >> the gentleman reserves. >> @ i yield one minute -- i yield one minute to mr. moran. >> thank you, mr. chairman. tonight we will pass 83 pr
. now the country awaits a vote in congress. >> there was a plan from the senate, but the republican- controlled house has yet to vote on the deal. jennifer johnson has the details. >> a tense new year for house speaker john boehner as he meets with fellow republicans over whether to ok the fiscal cliff bill passed overwhelmingly by the senate. >> gop leaders have not agreed to allow the house to vote or amended the bill. >> i think more members want this to pass them and are willing to vote for it. you have to be practical about what is the best thing you can do given the circumstances. >> vice president joe biden back >> vice president joe biden back on the hill
will have to wait for the next session of congress to see if they'll get billions of dollars in federal aid. 2013 will still end up being a little bit more costly. late last night the house approved a measure passed earlier by the senate. extending unemployment benefits. a clear victory for president obama the campaign on promises to only raise taxes on the wealthiest americans. i also know all that raises taxes on the wealthiest 2 percent of americans. how this a had a severe impact on families across america. they still will take a financial hit in 2013. at least 2 percent more in payroll taxes. cutting into most workers' paychecks. it will hit illinois and is especially hard. >> is a double whammy. they're getting another tax hike, the 2 percent payroll tax. for a median house and come they might be saving 5000-ton thousand dollars a year. this is $2,100 less. while everybody is happy that the worst was avoided many are disgusted at how the entire ordeal turned up. the little guy is the ones suffering. >> i think it was really irresponsible by our government. both parties led us down.
approaching. congress is cutting it close to avoid the fiscal cliff yesterday senate majority leader harry reid blasted speaker boehner for letting lawmakers go on vacation. house makers are not due back until sun -- house lawmakers are not due back until sunday. boehner said the house will take action on whatever the senate can pass. >>> all the early season rain and snow we've been getting has water experts optimistic about california's water supply. the storms have replenished many reservoirs snow has increased snow back to nearly 150% of normal. >> partial supply in the barn either in reservoir storm or snow pack. however, it still depends on the remainder of the season 2/3 of the wet season is still let. >> snow pack runoff normally provides cal with a third of its water supply. >>> more -- more water on the way. >> this storm is so close to the coast it probably won't get snow in the sierra. good morning. because the storm is so close to the coast we have a high surf advisory be detail out there, dangerous rip currents as the storm passes today through tomorrow. beautiful picture fro
-nine votes in the u.s. senate to get this through. it's remarkable, especially for this congress, for this type of legislation. you have house democratic leaders signing off on this proposal. look, this is not a perfect deal. a lot in your we don't like. with the tax increases would hit folks of -- making less than foreign and 50,000 year. they want to protect $250,000 less. some other measures the one it that they didn't get. you have basically of all the groups it are in congress and the house, the democrats or republicans, the only outstanding group of lawmakers here with the house republicans out of the four that did not support this, and so it would very much be blamed for this particular deal not getting through congress if they didn't vote for tonight. diane: what happens with the spending cuts? we have seen the republicans but quite a bit from the tax increases, no licking a 40,450,000 for individuals and couples. we have not seen as much movement on the spending cuts. is an expectation that we will? >> one of the things that we have seen about this deal that you have to
session of congress begins with live coverage here on c-span and the senate on c-span2. we'll have the opening day including the roll call of members, as well as the election of the house speaker, all here on c-span. former olympic figure skater michelle quan and washington congresswoman jamie beutler participated in discussions on women & leadership. michelle quan talks about how she uses skills she learned as an athlete in her transition out of sports. congresswoman beutler talks about her being a woman in congress. this is 50 minutes. >> welcome back. i want to introduce our next amazing panel. i want to start with jamie herrera beutler. she represents the southwest washington state, washington's third district. she just turned 34 and she is the youngest woman currently serving in congress. welcome, jamie. next to her is marni levine, former chief of staff at the white house national economic council. she's the former chief of staff for larry somers when he was at harvard university and she's currently the vice president of global public policy for this company you may have hear
off until the new congress arrives tomorrow. that includes a bill to help those effected by superstorm sandy. a package was passed last week by the senate, now lawmaker also have to start the process from scratch because legislation does not carry over from the last congress to this new one. for those hit hardest by the storm, the frustration was bipartisan. >> this congress is apparently leaving town without responding to that emergency. there's not one of us, not one of us in this congress that could not be in the same position. and i'm deeply disappointed, mr. speaker. and the people who have been damaged by sandy, including governor christie, a republican, and governor cuomo, a democrat, should be deeply disappointed and, yes, angry. >> we have a moral obligation to hold this vote. the people are out of their homes. the people who are cold. the people without food. the people who lost their jobs. they don't have time to wait. >> to ignore it, to ignore the plight of millions of american citizens, unprecedented, they should reconsider or hang their heads in shame. >> for us in the n
at the white house is the first time since mid-november that the president has had all four congress impressional leaders in the same almost at the same time. senate leaders say they will work through the weekend. >> we are engaged in discussions, the majority leader and myself and the white house, in the hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and after recommendation. that we're going to do the best we can for the caucuses that we have and the country that's waiting for us to make a decision. >> reporter: adding to the you are general see, 2 million unemployed americans will lose their parents on saturday if a deal is not reached. the nation's borrowing limit to finance its $16 trillion debt will be maxed out by monday. >> and the house will be back insession on sunday. that gives lawmakers about 24 hours to approve a deal. that's if they make one over in the senate. a few weeks ago we here at 9 news built a fiscal cliff soap box and went out and asked washingtonians to stand on it and sound off. now that we're within shouting distance of that cliff we thought it would be
another potential setback for the region. >> 66 days and counting, shame on you. shame on congress. new jerseyians and new yorkers are tired of being treated like second class citizens. >> reporter: the senate passed a package last week to provide more than $60 billion in aid to the region, but on tuesday the house failed to act before wrapping up this session of congress. >> now i am dismayed and really saddened that the house of representatives walked away last night, didn't even touch this after we spent so much time here on the floor doing something to help the beleaguered part of our country. >> reporter: republican congressman peter king who represents part of long island called it a disgrace and blasted leaders of his own party. >> we cannot believe that this cruel knife in the back was delivered to our region. >> reporter: the president called for immediate action saying when tragedy strikes, americans come together to support those in need. i urge republicans in the house of representatives to do the same. house speaker john boehner said he will make the sandy aid package a
action that there was no vote in the senate. majority leader, harry reid says lawmakers negotiated through the night and expected to come together around 11:00. if congress doesn't agree, spending cuts will go in to effect and we will pay more taxes. the impact is more than $3400 in a year. >>> she was supposed to return to work this week, instead, secretary of state, hilary clinton is in the hospital. treated for a blood clot that resulted after a fall earlier this month. >> reporter: hilary clinton was admitted to new york presbyterian hospital with a blood clot from a concussion she suffered several weeks ago. he doctors discovered the clot earlier in the day during a follow up exam. no details of where the clot is or other concerns have been releasede first time clinton has been diagnosed with a blood clot. in 98 she was admitted for a clot behind her right knee. the 65-year-old had a stomach virus this month and became dehydrated, fainted and struck her head. she canceled the trip abroad and was not well enough to appear on capitol hill to testify on the attack in libya. docto
they have got here is something they can believe will pass the senate and can pass the house and congress and get its way to the white house. it is caution right now while there are leadership giving the okay on this deal, still have to make sure you have the votes. that is often what so many people forget about these negotiations. we hear from the president and the speaker, the two leaders ultimately became the vice president and a ignore the leader of the senate, you'v youe got to get the vote. he never specifically know how your caucus is going to react to what you are offering. adam: is there an option to stall this to tie it up? rich: usually at 11:30 p.m. on new year's eve, your colleagues will not want to talk to you all that much if you are holding this up for the next three days but still that is a possibility. adam: thank you very much. one more live shot of times square. we will be here throughout this evening for you. at midnight we will come back a little bit before the famous ball drop and we will bring that to you live. metaphorically we go off the cliff. does not mean we g
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